How does buying a traditional Thanksgiving meal for $25 sound to you? Too good to be true? Not according to our Money Watch Q&A expert tonight. Beck Marko is a self-proclaimed extreme couponer. She spends hours every week preparing, comparing prices, clipping coupons and researching deals online to stretch a dollar.
Beck says the first rule of thumb is to plan ahead. She clips coupons from the Sunday paper and often searches websites like Amazon for deals as well. She says fresh produce is cheaper than its canned counterpart. While you might think buying organic will be more expensive, Beck says local online retailers, like Basket Case Organic http://basketcaseorganics.com/ is competitively priced and you will not waste gas driving around town for deals.
"Do your research. Look at your store adds and read the fine print. Sometimes you can score some deals without coupons! I did a trip to Raleys and purchased a whole Thanksgiving feast to donate to a local family and get this, WITHOUT any coupons from the Sunday paper. All I did was load up some offers onto my Raleys "something extra" card and then looked at their deals. I got a 14.5lbs turkey, stuffing, veggies, fresh yams, fresh potatoes, dinner rolls, cake mix, cranberry sauce, and gravy for under $25!
Then, I did some price matching for walmart and found that if you print out some coupons online, you can do a HUGE feast for under $15 ($20 before the butterball rebate). Here is a wonderful blog with a list of the Thanksgiving coupons online that you can print up and match to the sales http://frugalliving.about.com/b/2012/11/04/thanksgiving-coupons.htm
Fresh potatoes and yams are often cheaper than buying the boxed or canned versions! plus a lot healthier.
Frozen veggies are often cheaper than canned as well.
If you want to get fresh veggies instead of canned or frozen, do your research online and see what is on sale and is it worth making the drive.
The turkey is another thing to consider. Fresh, unfrozen turkeys are often more expensive, however, stores will often run specials. Frozen will be the cheapest, however, we are almost to the point where it will be a bit too late to thaw them out in time.
And Finally, ENJOY your holiday season! All too often, we are rushed and don't just sit back and enjoy it! Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!"